Indigenous Student Awards

In addition to being eligible to apply for all Mohawk Financial Assistance awards for full-time students and being eligible for Indigenous Student Awards made available through Mohawk Financial Assistance, Indigenous students may also apply for additional awards made available through Mohawk’s Indigenous Education & Student Services (IESS). These awards require a separate application process outlined below.

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Registered Mohawk College student who self-identifies as a First Nations, Inuit, Métis (FNMI), status or non-status person is eligible to apply for an Indigenous Student Award (FNMI) - students can self-identify via MyMohawk under the Registration tab. If you were in receipt of a PSET bursary awarded by Mohawk College in the Fall or Winter semesters of the academic year, you are not eligible to receive an award from IESS. 

Students are only considered for a PSET Bursary if they have completed the Financial Assistance Profile application, linked below via the Additional Funding Opportunity menu. 

Application Process

There are three parts to the Indigenous Student Award application that must be submitted.

1. Complete and submit the online application form.
If you have your application letter and reference letter(s) ready at the time of application, you may attach them to your online application form and submit all at once. Guidelines for the application and reference letter can be found below. Your letters can also be submitted by email to iess [at] no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021.

The deadline for all items is Friday, February 12, 2021. 

2. Write an application letter

  1. Your typed, minimum one-page application letter needs to include:
  2. Who you are, where you’re from, why you are a Mohawk College student?
  3. Your dedication to your future career and the Indigenous community.
  4. Describe and give examples of your volunteer experience.
  5. Describe and give examples of your community involvement.
  6. Describe any extracurricular activities, additional interests, and passions.
  7. Conclusion: why do you deserve an award?

3. Obtain reference letters from volunteer work, community leaders, employers, or faculty.

  • At least one Reference Letter must be submitted.
  • Reference letter(s) can speak to several different things either all together, or in separate letters.
  • Examples of what references can include are: volunteer, community involvement, speaks to good character, and engagement with peers to name a few.
  • Any reference letter(s) provided will be utilized to help determine what award the student may be eligible for.
  • Contact information should be included in the letter as IESS may need to verify your information directly with your reference.

Apply Now!

The Indigenous Student Awards (FNMI) application is now CLOSED. 



The Indigenous Student Awards are available once per year. The application for the 2020/2021 school year will be open on November 25, 2020. The deadline to submit all items is February 12, 2021.

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Questions about your financial options? Contact financialassistance [at] (Financial Assistance).

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